The Aldi chain of discount grocery stores plans to open approximately 150 new stores in the United States and remains on track to become the third-largest food retailer by store count by the end of this year. It currently has more than 2,100 outlets serving millions of customers monthly across America.
As Aldi expands in the Southeast, it now counts Louisiana as its 38th state of operation following the opening of a store in Lafayette on February 10. The company plans to open two more Gulf Coast stores in early March, along with 20 additional units throughout the region by the end of this year.
“There is nothing like watching shoppers discover Aldi for the first time,” said Jason Hart, chief executive officer of Batavia, Illinois-headquartered Aldi US. “There’s a moment of surprise when they realize just how much they can save by shopping with us. We can’t wait to share that experience with more customers as we add new stores across the Southeast.”
In supporting growth in the area, Aldi will also open a new 564,000-square-foot regional distribution center in Loxley, Alabama later this year. The facility will eventually support as many as 100 new stores throughout Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle region in the northwestern part of the state. The company is looking to hire approximately 300 store employees and 200 warehouse workers to support its growth in the area.